Ross Clifford, our Principal is fond of saying, ‘our alumni find themselves in all parts of the world, doing all sorts of things’. From being a Professor of Economics in Sydney, through to teacher in Nepal, to financier in Europe, there are countless ways Morling graduates are used by God as agents of God’s transforming kingdom in God’s world.
I recently had the privilege of interviewing people in the workforce about how they see their faith informing their life and work. More than a few were Morling graduates, and it was great to hear how their studies had contributed to what they are now doing—to what God is now doing through them in the World. One of our students now heads up a Christian financial institution which is committed to investment strategies that lead to communities flourishing—including investing in marginal communities in the majority world to build their capacity and enhance their on-going development.
Interestingly, this is not only theologically and ethically sound, it is economically sound —these are amongst their better performing investments. It’s not hard to see how time at Morling has helped shape that company—and the lives of those they touch.
Given that many of our graduates find themselves serving God beyond the confines of the Church, we thought it was time we sharpened our focus on equipping women and men for those roles.
Morling College is hosting a Faith & Work Seminar which will bring together speakers from various industries and background to discuss how they live their faith at work, and then you will be given the opportunity to join them in discussion.
Keynotes speakers for the Seminar include Mark McCrindle, principal of McCrindle Research, Peter Murphy, former CEO of Christian Super, Andrew Sloane, Director of Postgraduate Studies at Morling College, and John Sandeman, Editor of Eternity.
Joining them are everyday workers from a range of industries who practice living out their Faith at Work. One of these individuals is Gabrielle Macaulay, a Critical Care Nurse who is studying at Morling College. Gabi comments that every day, the “Train tracks” of her worlds collide – her faith world and her work world, focusing in on the practicality of what we are doing by, in her words ‘not leaving our faith on Sunday night at 9 o’clock and then just picking up a shift at 7 o’clock on Monday’. This is something that Gabi has spent time thinking on and puts in to practice in her role as a nurse. Gabi’s courage comes from hearing how other have managed situations, and their ethics, integrity, morals and biblical basis for how they act things out.
Morling is also committed to training all people for their ministry and mission in God’s world and that includes you in your everyday role as a builder, chef, teacher, nurse, dancer, doctor, receptionist or wherever else God has placed you.
The aim of the seminar is to dismantle the artificial divide that Gabi witnesses between the world of faith/Church/Sunday and the world of work/life/Monday, and to encourage and challenge you to ensure that you (and others) can see your faith at work. You will see that your faith makes a difference to who you are and what you do at work, and that your work contributes to the world of faith—what God is doing in the world to bring about kingdom transformation—and is valued as such by God.
Join us on Saturday, 8th July at 9.30am at Morling College for Faith and Work. For more information and to register your interest, please visit www.morlingcollege.com/events.